Elephant Aid International is working with partners and friends in Nepal on three special initiatives to improve the welfare of working, captive elephants.
Winter EleCoats Campaign
Older elephants and young calves tend to chill easily, and coats are a simple solution. In Nepal’s Chitwan area, where the winters are short but with near freezing temperatures, coats for vulnerable elephants are essential. Last year, EAI supporters provided coats for two young calves, along with five adult elephants who conduct anti-poaching patrols for the Nepal government in Chitwan National Park. Regardless of how much or how little you can afford, every donation makes a big difference. Together we can improve the lives of these elephants:
- $250 pays for one insulated waterproof coat.
- $75 pays to ship the coat directly from the manufacturer to the elephant in Nepal.
- $20 pays for a coat repair
Feed Hungry Elephants Campaign
Privately owned elephants in Sauraha, Nepal, and their mahouts have been hard hit as COVID-19 put a stop to tourism throughout Asia. Since the beginning of May, EAI has worked with donors, friends, volunteers, members of the community and local farmers to provide supplemental food essential to the elephants’ health. Fields of produce that would otherwise go to waste due to much lower demand, are harvested, bagged and delivered to elephants who eat 100 to 200 pounds of food daily.
Did you know that $5 can buy a 50-pound bag of fresh produce in Nepal? That’s enough supplemental food for an elephant for 2 days. Every penny donated to our Feed Hungry Elephants Campaign will go toward feeding elephants in Sauraha and supporting the local farmers and laborers.
Chain Free Means Pain Free Campaign
In Asia, shackling elephants in chains has been virtually universal for centuries. Day after day, often with no shelter to escape the sun’s burning rays, elephants spend hours standing in the scorching sun, legs shackled together in heavy chains that prevent them from moving more than a few inches in any direction.
EAI builds solar powered chain-free corrals to contain elephants safely without chains. Living in the corrals, each elephant is free to move at will and engage in natural behavior such as dusting, foraging, sleeping, bathing, exploring, playing and socializing. You can help provide physical freedom, autonomy and a healthy social environment for the captive-held elephants in Asia by donating to our Chain Free Means Pain Free Campaign.